I would love to take credit for this sentiment, but I can't, it came to me from a brilliant & witty lady with a vibrant spirit and kind heart who I gladly call a friend.
"A few weeks ago I read a joke ...
It said all the politicians running for president are promising change to the American people. We send them billions and billions of tax dollars and they send us the change. Funny? Not really; there is too much truth in it to be funny. That got me to thinking ... they all promise change. How about; if they run on a promise of restoration rather than change. A restoration that would take us back in time to a place where things ran better, smoother and life was more enjoyable. Change? That, in truth, is what they have been giving us all along.
We used to have a strong dollar ... politicians changed that.
Life used to be sacred ... politicians changed that.
Marriage used to be sacred ... politicians are changing that.
We used to be respected around the world ... politicians changed that.
We used to have a strong manufacturing economy ... politicians changed that.
We used to have lower tax structures ... politicians changed that.
We used to enjoy more freedoms ... politicians changed that.
We used to be a large exporter of American made goods ..... politicians changed that.
We used to be an openly Christian nation ... politicians changed that.
We used to teach patriotism in schools ... politicians changed that.
We used to educate children in schools ... politicians changed that.
We used to enjoy freedom of speech ... politicians changed that.
WE used to have affordable food and gas prices... politicians changed that, too.
One could go on and on with this list. What hasn' t been changed, politicians are promising to change that as well if you will elect them. When, oh when, is America going to sit back with open eyes and look at what we once were and where we have come and say, enough is enough? The trouble is, America 's youthful voters today don't know of the great America that existed forty and fifty years ago. They see the world as if it has always existed, as it is now. When will we wake up? Tomorrow may be too late. When will America Politicians realize they are what is wrong with America ?"
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I would love to take credit for this sentiment, but I can't, it came to me from a brilliant & witty lady with a vibrant spirit and kind heart who I gladly call a friend.
Monday, July 28, 2008
In the presidential race of 2004 Sen Kerry was often called a "flip flopper" because he was caught numerous time changing his position on key issues and acting as though no change had occurred. Well know we have Sen Obama who wants to be the next CIC. Sen Obama is not a flip flopper, because to be a flip flopper implies that you change positions on issues. Sen Obama has opposing positions at seemingly the same time. This video show documented proof of this behavior with dates and actual spoken footage:
Time after time, incident after incident, and position after position the Senator simply can't seem to stick to a point of view on anything of substance.
The inconsistencies of this man are troubling!
Friday, July 25, 2008
The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The creative folks over at JibJab.com are at it again with another funny election skit. JibJab first got mainstream recognition during a the last presidential election with a same style skit containing President Bush and Sen. Kerry during that election.
JibJab - Time for Some Campaignin'
Funny stuff and as you can see, they did not hold back and no one got a free pass.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
There is a new poll question about off shore oil drilling listed at the bottom of the page, please scroll down and make your vote known.
In my most recent poll question "What did Sen. Obama mean with his "Your kids should learn Spanish" comment." the response was tied. There were equal votes for "He meant what he said", "His statement was taken out of context", and "This statement is clear proof of his lack of experience to run for such an office." The only response that did not recieve even a single vote was "It doesn't matter and shouldn't recieve the attention that it has."
I guess that this poll really shows how many different opinions exist on this matter. Look for a new poll question soon.
I guess this matter really did get people thinking in several directions
Last Tuesday at the Shoneys in Staunton, I was one of the many people who came to take advantage of the "meet & greet" with Sen. Cuccinelli who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Attorney General in 2009.
Sen. Cuccinelli was quite active at the 2008 RPV Convention, however I was so busy working on the Frederick for Chairman campaign, I had little time to speak with any of the other office candidates. I was rather excited to have this opportunity to meet the Senator as I wanted to hear what he had to say on a variety of issues. I expected to hear a polished and prepared speech. What I heard was a man of seemingly endless character and wit talk to us like a group of valued friends at a backyard cookout.
If you've ever heard a Republican candidate do a "stump speech" you'll likely hear the "check box" bullet points such as pro life, pro-gun, national security / border security, and fiscal responsibility as well as any others they want to throw in. The problem is that they are usually only passionate about one or two of those and say the rest because the assume that a conservative audience won't take them serious if they don't mention them. Many candidates are frequently reluctant to spend any serious time on hot button issues like firearms, abortion, and home schooling. The truly interesting thing about Sen. Cuccinelli is that the previously mentioned 3 issues are some very big issues for the Senator. He mentioned 2nd Amendment issues on several occasions, specifically mentioning the recent Heller decision in the Supreme Court. Sen. Cuccinelli spoke of the 2nd as one of the keys to our system of government and even commented on it being what secures in some respects the other 9 amendments in the Bill of Rights. Sen. Cuccinelli is so passionate about 2nd amendment issues that he even hosted a Heller Decision Celebration Party at the famous Fuddruckers restaurant in Richmond last Saturday.
Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues of our time and many politicians avoid it whenever they can. Sen. Cuccinelli spoke of having a clear track record on this issue and has no problems saying to anyone that will listen that abortion is murder any way you look at it. The Senator even gave the example that if you remove the egg of certain turtles from their nest site (which usually causes the death of the turtle) you can go to jail, but you can get an abortion and you will not go to jail or get into any trouble for that matter. He also referenced parental rights on juveniles going through such procedures.
It seems these days, lots of people have a preconceived idea of what type of people are home school people. Some think that they are religious fanaticals, some others think they are survivalists, and some think they are so bent on a given issue that they fear outside contact. Well I know several home school families, some right here in the Valley and I've found none of these characteristics present in the parents or the children. I've seen some of the most well adjusted, well behaved, curious, intelligent, respectful, and capable kids you'll find anywhere as well as some of the most loving, engaged, and concerned parents behind them. These parents made the decision to take the time to ensure that their children would be able to compete once in college and the world in general. You might ask, where is he going with this? Well in the three taboos of politics that I mentioned, not only is Sen. Cuccinelli willing to discuss this hot issue, he is part of it. Sen. Cuccenelli is a home school dad and assisted in the education of his five daughters and one son with his wife Teiro. Sen. Cuccinelli is very aware of what home schooling means to the families of VA who are tired of the failings that some schools systems seem to be ridden with. Sen. Cuccinelli understands that home schooling is not for everyone and is a firm supporter that schools must be held accountable for their results.
Sen. Cuccinelli is among other things very concerned about the the mental health system in VA and how we work, treat, interact, and deal with the mentally handicapped members of our society. The Senator has put immeasurable time both as a State Senator and as an attorney on mental health issues. He is considered the Senate expert on these matters and is respected in a bi-partisan manner on such issues.
The Senator spoke for nearly 90 minutes on these and other issues and then sat and continued to speak with many of us while we enjoyed the great Shoneys buffet and other menu items.
I've provided a sampling of endorsements that the Senator has gotten at this time.
I'm very impressed with what I've seen from this candidate for Attorney General of the Commonwealth of VA. I will be very interested to see what else this candidate has to say and do. The Augusta Water Cooler is not formally endorsing Senator Cuccinelli for AG at this time, but I'm certainly saying this man is worth a look. If you'd like get more information on the Senators race for AG or to subscribe to the Cuccinelli Compass his web site can be reached here.
Take every opportunity to meet, question, and hold to their promises the people who shape our world.
I'm proud to say that the Augusta Water Cooler is formally endorsing Rep. Goodlatte to continue to serve the Commonwealth in the US Congress. This is not a republican thing, it's a common sense thing. We as Americans must not support people for any elected position that will allow us to fall behind in the procurement of energy through viable sources, especially when those sources are in our back yard.
Rep. Goodlatte has been a tireless leader for the citizens of VA in the US Congress. Help the Congressman by going to his new website and sign the petition for congress to follow President Bush's leadership to end the ban on off shore drilling.
Monday, July 14, 2008
This information was posted at RPV which posted it from the Washington Times:
"Arizona Sen. John McCain's (R) presidential campaign appeared to pull off a successful made-for-local television event today in Richmond, the first of what will likely be many staged media events to get the GOP message out over the local, as well as national, news.
In a sweltering warehouse in an industrial neighborhood in Richmond, the campaign gathered an ethnically diverse group of two dozen small business owners to applaud McCain's economic message while being critical of his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), for wanting to raise taxes.Even though the event had little news value, it was attended by reporters or cameramen from at least two Richmond-area television stations, a Charlottesville station, two radio stations, the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Washington Post.
Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), two key McCain surrogates in Virginia, addressed a crowd of 20 supporters and reporters as the small business owners made up the backdrop.
"McCain gets the fundamental truth about the economy, which is you cannot tax your way to prosperity," said McDonnell, who also spent 45 minutes on Richmond's WRVA radio talking about McCain's economic plans later in the day.
Christy Swanson, owner of CKB Swanson Inc., also spoke in the warehouse. She told reporters she used to be an Obama supporter, but switched to McCain after hearing him spoke at a recent National Federation of Independent Business convention.
"While I am a Democrat, I am proud to support John McCain for president and looking forward to helping him to victory in November," said Swanson, who is Asian.
Claudia Garcia Gonzalez, an Hispanic who co-owns of KLM Drywall, spoke to the television cameras in broken English.
"John McCain's economic plan help company like mine expand and create more jobs," Gonzalez said.
The issue of taxes has historically been a potent political issue in Virginia, especially in the Richmond media market. Today's event was designed to coincide with McCains' release of his proposal to bolster economic growth and eliminate the federal budget deficit.
Bolling said the event was the first in a "series of press conferences" that would be held this summer and fall to show how McCain's and Obama's proposed policies will affect Virginians.
Bolling noted there are 643,000 small businesses in Virginia.
"On almost every single issue, John McCain's policies are right for small business and America and Barack Obama's policies are wrong for small businesses and America," Bolling said.
Jared Leopold, spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign, responded by saying, "The last thing that Virginia small business owners need is another four years of George W. Bush's economics."
"John McCain has made it clear that he's running for George Bush's third term, offering repackaged Bush policies that will be even more disastrous for Virginia small businesses," Leopold said."
I especially likes the admitted dem who is know backing McCain.
The recent cover of the "New Yorker" magazine which shows Sen. Obama and his wife is tasteless and unnecessary to a degree frequently not found.
I will not and have not supported Sen. Obama and have personally criticized him both here on this blog and in person speaking with many people, but always in a respectable manner. This "artistic satire" is the cancer of the media and although it's Constitutionally protected "expression" doesn't make it right or decent. I will say that Michell Obama has by her own choosing gotten involved in this campaign to such a degree to be "fair game" for criticism and media speculation, however this representation is simply crass and without cause.
The New Yorker claims this was just an "intriguing" image to sell magazines and the article within clarifies the their point. What happened to the concept that good journalism and respected / credible writers sell magazines and newspapers.
This garbage is how more problems are created than solved and how partisan problems that don't involve actual issues occur. Lets debate on what the candidates have and have not done and get away from childish nonsense.
Some people say that the dumbest people in the world are guests on TV shows like Jerry Springer and the like. Some would say that the dumbest people compete in crazy competitions like the Nathans Hot Dog eating competition (finally won by an American), lawn mower racing, and yes even belt sander racing. None compare to the questionable phychological status of people who gather once per yr in Pamplona Spain for the annual running of the bulls. These people intentionally run in narrow city alleys and streets with little to no escape along with a dozen or more angry 2000 lbs bulls (yes the one with horns). To really make things interesting, they wear clothing that is generally white with some red sash belts and or scarfs. I don't know if these colors are significant to this event, historically or culturally, but I do now that red makes bulls angry and white makes blood more obvious.
I think these people are stark raving nuts, but you can form you own opinion. I've provided a brief look at this event if you not familiar with it.
Just in case anyone cares, the score sheet for the 2008 Running of the bulls goes like this: 45 people injured, 4 gored, and 6 bulls killed, strangely enough no of the injured people died from their injuries so far.
Anyone regardless of political affiliation has to honestly ask the question: Does Sen. Obama have enough experience to be the President of the United States?
Sen. Obama's campaign started with a fervor rarely seen with lots of fanfare and he was often treated like rock star, when delivering speeches and going to stump locations. Sen. Obama is now having to deliver speeches and visit locations that aren't necessarily sympathetic to his views. He has recently "flip-flopped" on a number of issues and even suggested that we should not worry about people not learning English and that we should teach our kids Spanish. Comments and double takes like these and many others cause the questions to be asked: Does this man have the experience to be the Commander & Chief? I don't believe he does, based on his lack of time in congress and government overall.
"From the time Barrack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama now believes he is ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days. I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that."
This is from Columnist Cheri Jacobus whose credits and regular media appearances are too numerous to list. I think that Ms. Jacobus has hit the nail on the head with this column. It's time for America to realize that is about the future of our nation, it's not black thing or partisan thing, it's simply a question of whether or not Sen. Obama has the base line credentials to serve in our nations highest office?
Lets ask a few questions:
Would a prominent law firm hire a lawyer who had only practiced law for 143 days?
Would a renowned restaurant hire an executive chef who has only been in culinary arts for 143 days?
Would a city (of any size) hire a police chief who had only been a law enforcement officer for 143 days?
Would a hospital hire a chief of staff who has only practiced medicine for 143 days?
Would a Fortune 500 company promote person to CEO with only 143 days out of college?
I was recently sent some information and I feel that it should be put out there. This story was sent to me from a person whom I can aptly describe as an amazing woman, strong conservative, and steadfast friend.
"This is the story of our grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, as they lived only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic. They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above h er head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting, and kicking the women. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food all of it colorless slop was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? W e have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie "Iron Jawed Angels." It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient. My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was with herself. One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie, she said. "What would those women think of the way I use or don't use my right to vote?" All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn. The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her all over again. HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies, and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order. It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'" Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote Democratic, Republican or Independent party remember to vote. History is being made."
A previous post "¡ No hablo Obama ! " received quite a few comments. I've been racking my brain on what to post as a new poll question, so I've decided to put this this question out to my readers and let you decide. To vote on this poll and cast your opinion scroll to the bottom on this page and vote.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I've heard political candidates say some of the craziest things imaginable such as Howard Deans campaign killing scream, Mayor Nagin saying that New Orleans would be "Chocolate City", and "If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very low crime rate" from Marion Barry. These statements are all pretty nutty, but none even begin to compare to what Sen. Obama recently said while on a campaign stop. Listen for yourself.
I'm utterly amazed that a man who actually has a chance to be the President of the United States (and presumably the leader of the free world) would say something this completely and utterly nuts. This is the kind rhetoric we would expect from some fringe politician at the beginning of a political season where both sides have 20 candidates. This however, is the guy left at the end of that process. Well Senator, if your looking for the La Raza endorsement, I'd say you've locked that up. I mean no disrespect to anyone who speaks Spanish or any other language as a 2nd to English, as this can often enrich people. For Sen. Obama to suggest that our kids should speak Spanish as opposed to English (as our national language) IS beyond ridiculous. I seriously have to wonder if the stress of campaigning has gotten to the man? If you were a fence sitter on which candidate to back, then this may be the tipper for you.
To suggest that we should learn Spanish in lieu of expecting people who come here to learn English in a timely manner is to this blogger utterly offensive. Moreover, an insult to anyone who has ever worn the uniform of our armed forces to ensure that All Americans speak English as opposed to German, Japanese, or Arabic.
Until Congress passes a law that specifically states we are a multi-lingual country, we should and need to remain English for all matters and all official government documents. Any language taught in school needs to be English and only students who have proven proficiency in English should be allowed to take a 2nd language.
I would love to end this with some type of pithy comment, but I will simply end it the way I feel.
Reverend Jackson who loves to tell us about the never ending struggle of the black man. The same Rev. Jackson who has "tirelessly" campaigned on black issues and family development, yes the same Rev. Jackson who has a child out of wedlock and then tried to lie about it.
Rev. Jackson was recently on the Fox News channel morning show "Fox And Friends". During a period of time when the show was not rolling, but the cameras and mikes were "hot" and capturing everything. Rev. Jackson showed his true colors during this time. The Rev should have been aware of hot mikes considering how long he has been in the public spotlight. Rev. Jackson while waiting for the show to continue with another guest, stated to the other guest "See Barack been, um, talking down the black people on this faith based... I wanna cut his n_ts off". If you don't believe me or want to see it yourself, the video can be watched here:
Rev. Jackson is obviously unhappy that an influential black man won't help him race bait the nation which continues to not only make the Rev look good but also make considerable money through his shakedown organization aka "The rainbow coalition". Rev. Jackson doesn't seem to like the faith based options that Sen. Obama favors, which is odd considering that Rev. Jackson is a Reverend.
It looks like the yrs and yrs of the Rev's race baiting has finally caught up with him. Shortly after being caught for his true feelings, Rev. Jackson issued an apology that was nothing more than his typical pontificating. This apology clearly would not have happened had he not been caught and carries not weight as if he was truly sorry, the statement would not have been made in the first place.
Monday, July 7, 2008
California just instituted a new law that will require all 2009 model year cars for sale in that state to contain a sticker indicating it's respective global warming impact in the form of a score from 1 to 10. The score supposedly takes into consideration the fuel impact the respective vehicle uses as well as the impact the actual production of the fuel itself caused. So now the "greenies" can blame a Hummer for environmental damage before it ever starts. This new sticker goes along with the EPA mileage estimate sticker found on all cars as well as another CA only sticker, a smog impact notification sticker.
Whats next CA, a mandatory sticker indicating the statistics behind which vehicles are most likely to be owned by people who will stop at the nearest Wendy's which puts lots of "bad stuff" into the air.
I like many people have no problem with certain forms of environmentalism, however some of these people and their constant need to make everything "green" drive me bonkers and remind me of the "causeheads" from the movie PCU. If you love green so much then join the Army where they will gladly provide you with all the green you can handle and you'll have a chance to genuinely make the world a better place.
Results from the poll question "Did the Supreme Court make proper decision in Washington DC vs. Heller?" 75% of those who responded to this poll question indicated that the Supreme Court did vote correctly.
A new poll question to be added soon. if there is a question you'd like to see pondered on the Water Cooler drop me a suggestion.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
As far as I can tell this it not even remotely political, but found it unique and entertaining and therefore decided to put it on this blog. See how long it takes you figure out what this is a "cover" of, if you don't figure it out comment on this blog and I will post the answer.
Popular conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh just signed a deal with Clear Communications, the radio giant that puts his show on the air for a reported 8 yr deal worth $400 million. This paycheck is believed to be larger than the 4 major network anchors combined income. The Rush Limbaugh radio show is broadcast every where from Seattle, WA to Key West, FL via it's Clear Channel affiliates daily at 12 noon. In recent yrs, El Rushbo has even been heard by our troops overseas via the Armed Forces Radio Network. Rush Claims to "exercise broadcast excellence behind the golden EIB microphone". Rush's legions of fans refer to themselves as "Ditto Heads" and often wait over an hour (if they can even get to a screener) for the opportunity to speak with Rush. Many believe that Rush although still very sure of himself has gained considerable humility after dealing with a pain pill addiction following a surgery to correct a hearing problem.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I was somewhat dumbfounded at the Senators comments and feel that he may truly be on the road to loony land. I expect this kind of spewing from people like Michael Moore, but when this comes from a senior senator, it's frightening. He speaks of things like solar power as an alternative. Sen. Reid, I don't think anyone is opposed to alternative forms of energy such as solar and wind (except Sen. Kennedy who doesn't want to see them). Reality is that in the interim we must have sustainable and adequate oil and gas until such time as these alternatives have been worked out to such a degree that they are deployable, affordable, and safe.
Now for the celebrity response I mentioned. Dennis Miller, a regular on the Fox News Channel and weekly feature on the No Spin Zone featuring Bill O'Reilly, recently gave his thoughts on what he thought of Sen. Reid's statements. Mr. Miller can word things in way that is uniquely Miller. Mr. Millers thougths on this matter can be viewed here.
I couldn't have said better myself.
Posted by Jason Bibeau at 3:10 PM
A celebrity response soon to follow.